How can I avoid getting the flu? I have gotten spooked by a couple coworkers who got SICK from the flu, which they caught from their kids, and I am very intent on avoiding the same fate (trouble coming out of both ends). Short of covering myself in saranwrap and lysol, and then hiding in an ICBM silo, what do you suggest? [more inside]
Could my roommate really have whooping cough? Because I'm skeptical. [more inside]
What risk does a cat take in not eating people food? [more inside]
What type of parasitic worm (with larvae) can be contracted in Senegal that would make you feel lethargic, nervous, and have a loss of apetite? [more inside]
Did Henry VIII have a genetic/medical condition that prevented him from having healthy male children?
Why couldn't Henry VIII have living male children (except Edward) and then, why did Edward die so young? Medical explanations? [more inside]
Is gym-provided workout clothing safe to wear? [more inside]
Is it true that the graves of people who died of certain infectious illnesses remain dangerous centuries later? [more inside]
What are your tips for parenting small kids when you have a chronic illness? [more inside]
US doctor question: do general practitioners practice real diagnosis anymore? Every doctor my wife and I have gone to in the past ten years has turned out to be incompetent or disinterested in doing more than the bare minimum. [more inside]
Cat just starting Lasix - how long before I should see effects? [more inside]
My girlfriend's parents have been told that they may develop 森林脑炎 -- a Chinese disease which seems to be similar to Lyme disease. Can you help me find out what this is called in English, so I can find out how serious a condition this is? [more inside]
Ten days ago I learned I have a celiac disorder. I have lost almost 15 pounds and my eating patterns have drastically changed. Help me fill the void... [more inside]
What is going on with my teeth / gums (very disgusting stuff inside)? If you, like me, do not like to hear or see sensitive parts of the body going wrong, please do not read this question. [more inside]
Is there any way to avoid getting sick when you have to touch lots of people in a developing nation as part of your job? [more inside]
Is it fair to say that the cells that a particular virus uses to reproduce itself are the cells where symptoms of the disease will tend to manifest? [more inside]
Are commercial genetic DNA testing companies worth the price tag? [more inside]
What is the 19th Century illness that disfigures Esther Summerson of Dicken's Bleak House? [more inside]
My girlfriend was recently diagnosed with coeliac disease. Do I have to get a new chopping board? [more inside]
My mother has become a crazy cat lady. Help me! [more inside]
I know you aren't my doctor (or even my mother's doctor), but if you *a* doctor can you please help me connect these dots regarding a gallbladder? [more inside]
Is there such a thing as an 'invisible' virus - have biologists stumbled across any 'diseases' that have no noticeable symptoms?
Does my cat have a chronic respiratory infection, or is it possible she just naturally has poor breathing passages? Ever since my partner and I adopted her and her sister in August she has had periodic coughing and hacking fits that have been relatively unaffected by three separate rounds of antibiotics. Now I wonder if maybe she just has the equivalent of a deviated septum, or whether it's time for hospitalization. [more inside]
Calling all Crohnies! I'm helping to throw a traditional New Mexican dinner party for a group of students on Thursday night. We'd planned for the vegetarian contingency, but have found out that one young woman has a bad case of Crohn's Disease. [more inside]
My lady friend has been sick for a year, and nobody can figure out what's wrong. Has anyone had any experience with this kind of sickness? [more inside]
Ultrasound and bloodwork after several excruciating bouts of pain this week show that I apparently have gallbladder disease. Help. [more inside]
Medical School Filter: Infectious Disease Department on the West Coast. Please recommend a good university for an overseas visiting professional. [more inside]
In the 1500s and 1600s, why did Americans die from European diseases rather than the other way around?
Huge numbers of people living in the Americas died from diseases when Europeans started coming over. It is always stated that this is because the immune systems of the Americans had not contacted the European diseases before. Why did the same thing not happen in reverse? Why weren't 90% of some European settlements wiped out from an unfamiliar American disease?
One of my container garden tomato plants is sick. What's wrong with it? [more inside]
Looking for information and possible causes of asymptomatic cardiac enlargement : details inside. [more inside]
Where can I find a good doctor in Philadelphia that will help me diagnose Celiac disease? [more inside]
How dangerous is Celiac disease? What can I do? [more inside]
Medical professionals: how do you intellectually and emotionally cope with disease and death? [more inside]
I've recently come across someone who disputes the Germ Theory of Disease. Has anyone ever heard of such a crazy thing before?
A tick dug its foul way into my dog's belly yesterday. We found it dug in but not yet engorged in the middle of an irritated red patch of skin. I tugged 2/3 of of it out of my dog's skin, but despite my best efforts, the head's still in there. What now? [more inside]
I’m looking for statistics from a reputable source describing the cost of both treatment and loss of wages/productivity or a combination of both (general financial burden) due to incidence of thrombosis and thrombotic disease. [more inside]
Will Lupron help my ferret's adrenal disease? [more inside]
Will squirrel spit kill me? [more inside]
What is "zipper disease?" [more inside]
What are these giant pimple things? [more inside]
Does anybody know the name of the neurological disease which breaks the connections of your passive feeling nerves but still leaves you able to control your limbs? [more inside]
PorkFilter: Is there anything medically wrong with eating large amounts of pork, sometimes irregularly prepared? [more inside]
How do I correspond with someone who I have just learned has a life-threatening illness? (He doesn't know that I know.) [more inside]
What in the process of absorbing sodium causes an increase in blood pressure [more inside]
If you believe BonJovi, love is a social disease. What other songs link love and infectious diseases, metaphorically or otherwise?
Can public library books harbor bacteria/virii/disease? [more inside]
The incidence of peptic ulcer disease in hyperparathyroidism is increased, presumably due to hypercalcemia leading to increased gastrin secretion. Why does calcium stimulate G-Cells to secrete calcium? I am trying to find a precide physiologic reason. Is there another reason for this link between HyperPTH and duodenal ulcers. Thanks!
Is it dangerous to let a cat outside supervised? [more inside]
What is the best way to respond to an acquaintance who reveals he has been recently diagnosed with HIV? [more inside]
Were the food laws in the old testament rational for the time or somewhat superstitious? [more inside]